Female Little League World Series star Mo’ne Davis proud to pave the way

first_imgMO’NE DAVIS (AP Photo)WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (Bleacher Report)—On the eve of Philadelphia’s Taney Dragons’ opening game at the 2014 Little League World Series, 13-year-old Mo’ne Davis sat in a quiet wooden dugout on one of the back fields following her team’s latest practice.It’s amazing Taney is even here to begin with, in its first World Series in only its second year of existence since chartering in 2012.We talk about the constant onslaught from the media. “For people that want to take pictures and stuff,” Davis, a South Philly native, explains, “I always say ‘no’ most of the time ’cause I get tired of it…’cause I’m probably just tired at the end of the day.”At the end of this day, she’s just finished long-tossing and taking ground balls for nearly two hours. Cameras are getting packed up into vans. Elbows have stopped leaning on the yellow padding lining the fences.Most kids her age might struggle with the exposure, but Davis finds a silver lining.“I was on Sports Science earlier,” she snaps back. “It was pretty cool.”I ask if they came to Williamsport to talk with her. “I didn’t know I was going to be on. I was playing Ping-Pong and Zion [Spearman, her teammate, sitting in the dugout with us] spotted it. It said: ‘Sports Science with Mo’Ne Davis’…even though they spelled my name wrong” (the ‘N’ is not capitalized).last_img read more

Harvest update and 2020 outlook with Mycogen Seeds🎙

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Dave Russell talks with Melissa Bell, Commercial Agronomist with Mycogen Seeds. They talk about stalk quality, ear molds, useful data in a year like 2019, what farmers can expect from Mycogen Seeds and what farmers should be thinking about when selecting seed for 2020.last_img

A Letter to Executive Leaders About Unaddressed Operational Challenges

first_imgI would be the very first person to tell a sales force to continue to prospect and sell through operational challenges. It is too difficult to regain that discipline once it has been lost, and it is never, ever a good idea to allow your pipeline to wither away.I would also be the first person to tell a sales force to take the difficult calls from their clients when there is a service failure, owning the outcome and giving the transaction, the task, to the person responsible doing whatever needs to be done. I would tell a salesperson to have a presence and to be accountable, even when it’s painful (scratch that, especially when it is painful).If the operations team is having trouble executing, I would be the first person to tell the salesperson to meet with their client to help get changes made on their side, when that is what is necessary. I would also tell them to turn their sales skills towards their own company leadership to get the help they need to take care of their clients.But as it pertains to the systemic challenges that cause salespeople to lose clients because they go unresolved, I must tell you as leadership and operations that you need to make the changes necessary to correct the issues in a way that is sustainable. When you don’t make improvements, you can cause the sales force to pull up the reins and slow their efforts.Imagine that right now you have operational challenges of the first order. You are failing clients, and the sales force is doing their part to help hold things together. But these problems don’t get better. Instead, they persist and get worse over time. Even though your sales leadership team is tough, forcing their salespeople to move away from the reactive, customer service role they still need to play, the sales force does everything they can to avoid prospecting and win new business.What you must know is that salespeople trade in a currency called trust. When they sell something they know is going to fail, they know that will be the very last time they sell anything to that customer. They will work very hard not to do anything that would destroy that trust. More still, you want them to have the trust that allows them to walk in, make a recommendation, have their client take their advice, and leave with a new project or new order or new initiative. They can’t do this if what they sell is guaranteed to fail.There are always operational issues. The sales force needs to be able to deal with the things that happen day-to-day in the business. But the exceptional challenges need more attention, and they need to be resolved in a meaningful way.If you are in leadership, you must have the will, the determination, and the resourcefulness to make the changes necessary to correct operational issues that have persisted for too long. If you don’t, you are putting the brakes on your sales efforts, and you will undoubtedly suffer lost clients and decreasing revenue. In this case, you need to go first.last_img read more

Latest transfer talk

first_imgHere are some of the latest transfer news and rumours from around Europe.Andre Gomes Despite playing under the guidance of a different manager, the out-of-favour Portuguese midfielder has had a second underwhelming season at Barcelona. He was never a good buy as he doesn’t fit the style of play the team from Catalonia dictates. It’s safe to assume that Andre Gomes is on his way out and the latest club that has been attached to his name is Tottenham Hotspur.Rafinha Barcelona’s midfielder is on loan at Inter and the Italian side is reported to be interested in making the deal permanent. All that’s needed now is for a fee to be agreed upon.Kylian Mbappe, Paris Saint-GermainKylian Mbappe could return to PSG training next week Andrew Smyth – September 12, 2019 Paris Saint-Germain confirmed that Kylian Mbappe could make a return to training to next week as he continues to recover from a hamstring injury.Bernd Leno By acquiring Eintracht Frankfurt’s Lukas Hradecky, Bayer Leverkusen is preparing for life without its primary goalkeeper. A release clause of only €20 million will make the German one of the most popular targets on the market. Arsenal appears to be the most interested club at the moment, with Napoli (Pepe Reina is on his way to AC Milan) and Atletico Madrid (who might lose Oblak to PSG) are following suit.Edinson Cavani The Uruguayan might be nearing the end of his spell in France and Juventus is believed to be paying close attention. Higuain is aging, so The Old Lady is definitely in need of a world-class refreshment up front. What better than one of the most prolific strikers in Europe?Leander Dendoncker The 23-year-old Belgian is ripe for a bigger challenge than the Jupiler League. He is reportedly ready to move on and several clubs are interested in his services, starting with Atletico Madrid. Crystal Palace and West Ham are two other teams believed to be in on the holding midfielder who can also play center back. The “only” problem might be the over-the-top asking price of over €23 million.last_img read more

Cristiano Ronaldo will soon begin to score

first_imgJuventus legend David Trezeguet is confident  Cristiano Ronaldo will soon begin to score, according to Football Italia.“There’s no advice I could give a player like Cristiano Ronaldo. He’s very aware and he knows that this league is a different league from those he knew England and Spain.“We’re talking about an extraordinary player though. He wants to show his quality, he’s training very hard and he’ll break his duck sooner or later.“He’s trying to get to know his new teammates, the new system and new habits but he’s an extraordinary player who has consistently shown he’s a real professional, so I think it’ll come with time.“It’s not easy, but we’re talking about a player who will break his duck and do really well for Juventus.Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.“I think a champion like him always wants to score as many goals as possible, and he’s working hard to do that.“I think at this stage he’s just lacking a bit of understanding of his teammates and what the Coach wants, and in those kind of moments you need tranquility.“He’ll score sooner or later because he’s an extraordinary player, he’s a player who has shown us that he can score a lot of important goals every year, and I hope he scores soon for the good of Juventus.“It’s been said by him and his teammates: he’s calm, because Juventus are winning and he just needs to keep growing.”last_img read more

Arthur loves playing next to Coutinho and Casemiro

first_imgAfter winning the match against Argentina, Brazilian midfielder Arthur expressed how happy he feels playing beside Casemiro and Coutinho.During the last World Cup in Russia, Brazil really missed a midfielder who could protect the ball like Arthur Melo did and could let both Casemiro and Coutinho play more liberated in their positions.This Tuesday in the South American Clasico between Brazil and Argentina, we got our first glimpse at what we can expect from Arthur when he reaches his top form.Brazil played a really complicated match against Argentina this Tuesday, they barely got to defeat the Albiceleste without Lionel Messi and a great deal of that victory is thanks to the work that Arthur did alongside Casemiro and Philippe Coutinho.Melo already gets to practice with Coutinho in Barcelona, he will also get to play many matches alongside him and maybe even form a dynasty that can win many trophies in the Catalan club.However, the connection with Casemiro just started this Tuesday and Arthur was ecstatic for getting the chance to share the field with a world-class defensive midfielder like the Madridista against Argentina.⏱ FINAL: Argentina 0-1 Brazil (Miranda) Coutinho and Arthur played the whole game #fcblive #SuperClásico pic.twitter.com/WMQhNwwraS— FC Barcelona Fl 🏆 (@FCBarcelonaFl) October 16, 2018Arthur was part of the squad that defeated the Albiceleste from the very beginning, he played a fairly good match in an evening that a single goal scored by Miranda during the second half gave Brazil the victory in the end.“I am very happy with my personal performance and with the overall collective achievement that we made today,” said Arthur via Diario Sport after Brazil’s victory against Argentina on Tuesday.“I have played with confidence and a very relaxed thanks to my teammates, who believe in my work. I do believe we are building a great squad and playing alongside players of the likes of Casemiro and Philippe Coutinho makes things a lot easier.”“It is always great being able to defeat Argentina, and even better than I did it on my first Clasico I played against them. Plus, there was a trophy on the line. Every single player loves being a part of huge matches like this one.”Neither the heat nor the pitch can be an excuse to not perform in a match like this one, but we did find some difficulties because Argentina is a very tough opponent and they have a fantastic squad,” he concluded.David Villa, FC BarcelonaTop 10 players who played for both Barcelona and Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to talk about the best players who represented both Barcelona and Valencia, prior to their La Liga encounter at Camp Nou this evening.🇧🇷 Arthur Melo during training with Brazil #fcblive #SuperClásico pic.twitter.com/f4IXKT0YRa— FC Barcelona Fl 🏆 (@FCBarcelonaFl) October 16, 2018Arthur’s return to BarcelonaThis match must have been a revelation for both the player and manager Ernesto Valverde, who was very focused on watching his midfielder with the greatest potential in Barcelona.There is still no clue of who the boss will use for this Saturday’s La Liga match against Sevilla, but Valverde surely does have the intention of getting Arthur more minutes during this stage of the season.Barcelona’s defensive problems might also be beneficial for the Brazilian, because the manager will use his more defensive midfield players as center-backs in the next couple of months and Arthur doesn’t make that cut.The gaffer has plans of using Sergio Busquets and Arturo Vidal in that position, which will leave Melo a greater role as the game constructor that he is for very important matches that are coming within the next month at least.The absence of Thomas Vermaelen which was confirmed last week, will give everybody a much more important role at Barcelona and Arthur will be no different from the rest of his teammates.#Superclássico 🏆🇧🇷📷 Lucas Figueiredo / CBF pic.twitter.com/r8evyGWh3V— CBF Futebol (@CBF_Futebol) October 16, 2018What do you think about Arthur Melo’s upcoming role in FC Barcelona’s next couple of months? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

Herrera praises Solskjaer for team bonding

first_imgAnder Herrera has credited Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s man management skills and rapport with the squad for Manchester United’s change in fortune in recent weeks.The Red Devils resurgence since the exit of Jose Mourinho has brought back belief and joy to the club with the club currently mounting a late push for a top four position.Solskjaer has masterminded an eight-game winning streak with one draw following his arrival in [email protected] have taken 7️⃣ points from a last possible 9️⃣ against top 6 sides – only Wolves have won more pts v top 6 this season (of bottom 14 clubs)@ManUtd’s PL rank under Solskjaer1st Points (19)1st Goals (19)1st Shots (121)1st Conceded (6)Super Sunday on SS PL from 1pm 📺 pic.twitter.com/Mk29sSAB8l— Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) February 1, 2019Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.And with the likes of Paul Pogba, Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial all enjoying a good run of form since he took charge at Old Trafford, Ander Herrera has opened up on what he believes is the key behind the success story ahead of Sunday’s Premier League trip to Leicester City.“Ole had that click with some players that they are performing at their best,” Herrera told ESPN FC. “He is getting the best from Rashford, he is getting the best from Paul, he is getting the best from Anthony, from Jesse. That’s not easy.“When you are a manager, we sometimes speak too much about tactics. But the most difficult thing for a manager is to get the best from his best players and this manager is doing it. We have all seen it.”Herrera, 29, has equally benefited from Solskjaer’s appointment saying: “I have been told a lot of times ‘you should wear the armband in the future’ but I don’t need it.“I don’t go crazy with that. I think the best thing a team can have is different leaders. We need it from all the players.“Of course I am very thankful to the fans that feel I can be the captain or the leader of the club but I honestly don’t think that we should have only one. I feel I could be a leader in some moments but I don’t think I am the only leader at the club.”last_img read more